O.J. Cooper, Jr.
1924 - 2013
O.J. Cooper, Jr., 88, of Wichita Falls, passed away Sunday, July 14.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Floral Heights United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Goodrich, officiating. Interment will follow at Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.
A son of the late Oddie Jennings and Tula Louise (Gilbert) Cooper, he was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Wichita Falls. In 1902, his family settled in the Cooper Community of Wichita County. He graduated from Burkburnett High School in 1942 and served in the United States Army Air Force during WWII as a Radio Operator on a C-47 aircraft. SSgt. O.J. Cooper, Jr. served from 1943 until 1945.
He was with the Troop Carrier command in the European Theatre of War and flew missions over Europe including the D-Day invasion of France. He received the Presidential Citation, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European Theatre ribbon with seven battle stars. He married Esther Imogene “Janey” Owens on Feb. 28, 1943. In 1993, he retired as a TV technician from his business, Cooper Service Center. He was a member of Floral Heights United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, bowling, serving at his church, and the Rockin Wheels Good Sam Club.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Janey Cooper in 2002; and his daughter, Judith Louise Barger in 1999.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Cooper of Denton, and Jim Cooper of Iowa Park; a brother, Gilbert Cooper of Wichita Falls; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.